Art: Blueprint from Walden

Henry David Thoreau's Yankee mind ranged from poetry to lead pencils (he invented a better one). The editors of Britain's highbrow Architectural Review have now found a fresh distinction for him: give or take a few details, Thoreau did a startlingly good job of anticipating the modern house. With a layout of some recent U.S. designs, Architectural Review ran a snatch from Walden:

"I sometimes dream of a larger and more populous house, standing in the golden age, of enduring materials, and without gingerbread work, which shall still consist of only one room . . . ,a cavernous house . ....

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